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Upon his royal throne he sat,
In a monarch's thoughtful mood;
His servile courtiers stood,
They told him e'en the mighty deep
His kingly sway confessed :
Or still its stormy breast !
The proud procession came,
King Canute's power proclaim;
As his course he seaward sped, And each base slave like a guilty thing,
Hung down his conscious head :He knew the ocean's Lord on high ! They, that he scorned their senseless lie. His throne was placed by ocean's side,
He lifted his sceptre there ; Bidding, with tones of kingly pride,
The waves their strife forbear :And, while he spoke his royal will, All but the winds and waves were still.
Louder the stormy blast swept by,
In scorn of his idle word;
By his mandate undeterred,
Turned to the courtly ring ;
But none, the kindling eye could brook
Even of his earthly king ;
Thy name had passed away,
Which never shall decay :
Forged fetters for the main ;
Inflicted stripes as vain ;-
1. Of what countries was Canute king? 9. What sort of look did the king give
2. How great did his flatterers say his his nobles ? power was?
10. What might they see in his wrath3. Did the king believe what they said? ful glance ? 4. In how many ways did they say the 11. What mightier monarch is meant ? sea would own his power?
12. When did Canute flourish ? 5. To what verb is they, in verse 4th the 13. What keeps his name alive still ? nominative ?
14. Relate the historical fact referred to 6. When seated on the shore, what com- in the
last verse ? mand did the monarch give the sea ? 15. What king is mentioned in the New 7. What effect did it produce ?
Testament who believed similar flattery? 8. Who are meant by the word all, in 16. What happened to him for this act? verse 5th ?
V.-STUDY OF THE WORKS OF NATURE. "To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty; and in the same field it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again. The heavens change every moment, and reflect their glory or gloom on the place beneath. The state of the crop on the surrounding farms alters the expression of the earth from week to week. The succession of native plants in the pastures and roadsides, which makes the silent clock by which time tells the summer hours, which make even the divisions of the day sensible to a keen observer. The tribes of birds and insects, like the plants, punctual to their time, follow each other, and the year has room for all." —R. W. Emerson.
O NATURE ! all-sufficient! over all!
Give me to scan; through the disclosing deep,
And let me never, never stray from thee !—Thomson. 1. What mean you by the rolling wonders, 8. What is the grandest work of creation of heaven?
here below? 2. What would he like to learn about 9. Shall the material universe perish?
10. Will the souls of men ever cease to 3. Who will name to me the three king- exist ? doms of nature ?
11. Does the poet mean by Nature here, 4. Name them in their order, beginning a power distiuct from the Almighty ? with the lowest.
12. Does he rot simply mean God as 5. Where are the strata or beds of min- seen in the material universe, and espe. er als found ?
cially as seen in the mind of man? 6. Whence is the vegetable world thrust, 13. What perfections of God may we as the poet beautifully expresses it? learn from the material world?
7. What system of works stands above 14. Ah, but where do we learn that Be the vegetable kingdom?
is a God of mercy and justice combined ?
these worlds ?
VI.-NAPOLEON AND THE BRITISH SAILOR. “The history of Napoleon, shows a spirit of self-exaggeration, unrivalled in enlightened ages, and which reminds us of an Oriental king to whom incense had been burnt from his birth as to a deity. This was the chief source of his crimes. He wanted the sentiment of a common nature with his fellow-beings. He had no sympathies with his racc. That feeling of brotherhood, which is developed in truly, great souls with peculiar energy, and througb which they give up themselves willing victims, joyful sacrifices, to the interests of mankind, was wholly unknown to him. His heart, amidst its wild beatings, never had a throb of disinterested love. The ties which bind man to man he broke asunder. The proper happiness of a man, which consists in the victory of moral energy and social affection over the selfish passions, he cast away for the lonely joy of a despot. With powers, which might have made him a glorious representative and minister of the beneficent Divinitv, and with natural sen. sibilities which might have been exalted into sublime virtues, he chose to separate himself from his kind. to forego their love, esteem, and gratitude, that he might be. come their gaze, their tear, their wonder; and for this selfish solitary good, parted with peace and imperishable renown.”-Channing.
I LOVE contemplating-apart
'Twas when his banners at Boulogne, Armed in our island
every freeman, His navy
chanced to capture one Poor British seaman.
They suffered him, I know not how,
On England's home.
Dear cliffs of Dover.
A stormy midnight watch, he thought, Than this sojourn would have been dearer, If but the storm his vessel brought
To England nearer.
Come shoreward floating.
By mighty working.
Or crossed a ferry.
No sail-no rudder. From neighbouring woods he interlaced His sorry skiff with wattled willows; And thus equipped he would have passed
The foaming billows.
A French guard caught him on the beach,
Addressed the stranger.
Must be impassioned." “ I have no sweetheart," said the lad; “ But absent years from one another, Great was the longing that I had
To see my mother.
So brave a son."
And safely landed.
Campbell 1. In what light did the poet love to 12. To whom was the story told ?, contemplate Napoleon ?
13. What was Napoleon's usual atti2. What mean you by his homicidal glory? tude?
3. What freedom was our captive tar 14. What did the Emperor think must allowed ?
have caused the sailor to make such a 4. How far to Boulogue from Dover? rash attempt ?
5. Where was he constantly turning his 15. Give the exact words of the sailor's ege?
reply? 6. Why think you, would he watch the 16. Repeat Buonaparte's reply to the tar, birds flying to England ?
17. Tell me how the sailor's mother had 7. What do you understand by midnight won Napoleon's favour. watch?
18. How was the sailor's filial affection 8. What saw he floating towards him rewarded ? one morning ?
19. How greatly did the sailor value 9. What did he make from the large the coin ?
20. For what did God bless this sailor 10. With what did he fasten his sorry and cause Napoleon to set him at liberty? skiff together!
21. Who will repeat to me the fifth com11. State what his wretched wherry was mandment? eficient in ?